Otto Warmbier's Parents Kept Jewishness A Secret To Avoid 'Embarassing' North Korea

North Korea on Thursday (June 22) called United States President Donald Trump a "psychopath" as tensions soar following the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was evacuated in a coma from North Korean detention last week.

The American college student, detained for a almost a year and a half in a North Korea prison, died soon after being returned to his family in vegetative state.

The security talks between US and Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs are occurring amid outrage in Washington over the death of Otto Warmbier days after the American student was released from imprisonment in North Korea in a coma. His family and others have blamed North Korea for his condition.

At that news conference, doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Otto Warmbier suffered from injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said.

Warmbier's parents said their son had been in a coma for more than a year before he was medically evacauted from North Korea. Otto was convicted of subversion, and in March 2016 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The services were being held in his home state of OH, with the funeral at his former high school and burial at a Cincinnati cemetery.

"I believe we must now have the perception that North Korea is an irrational regime", Moon told America's CBS News in an interview broadcast on Tuesday, referring to the death of Warmbier.

"He was able to connect with grownups and children, and he was one of those people that made you feel like you were his best friend, even though you had just met him", said his college counsellor, Cynthia Meis, who attended the service.

Warmbier was a student at the University of Virginia when he travelled to North Korea in January 2016 as a tourist. He will be buried at a nonsectarian cemetery.

The exact cause of Warmbier's death is unclear.

Tillerson said the delegations also had a "frank exchange of views on the South China Sea", where the Chinese military is engaged in a controversial island-building project, which the United States opposes.

He was in a coma and died a few days later.

The state department said many countries have joined in efforts to isolate the regime, banning laborers, or expelling North Korean missions from their country.

The North previously released American detainees it had accused and convicted of crimes against the state on the occasion of high-level visits by USA officials.

  • Carolyn Briggs